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Somali Troops Kill 24 Al-Shabab Terrorists

A statement by the Somali National Army has stated that 24 Islamist militants were killed after a foiled attack on its military base in Diinsoor.

After a foiled terror attack on its military base in the southern town of Diinsoor on Saturday night, the Somali National Army (SNA) stated Sunday, June 20, 2021, that its forces killed 24 al-Shabab terrorists. 

According to the SNA, al-Shabab militants attempted to attack the army base in the Bay area three times but the military effectively resisted them each time, killing 24 of the terrorists. 

The army said in a brief statement that its personnel found weapons used by al-Shabab to kill and maim people. 

The key village of Diinsoor, about 100 kilometres from Baidoa, is located on the border of Bay, where the army has strong defensive forces. 

Meanwhile, SNA claimed to have taken control of an al-Shabaab base in Orshe village, roughly 50 kilometres east of Dhusamareb, Galmudug state’s capital. 

According to military officials, the operation was carried out in the early hours of Sunday.

For years, Somalia has waged a war against al-Shabaab extremists. The armed group, which was founded in early 2004, is ideologically linked to Al-Qaeda.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks  in which hundreds of people have died.

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu is an Assistant Editor at HumAngle and Head of the Radicalism and Extremism Desk. He has years of experience researching misinformation and influence operations. He is passionate about analysing jihadism in Africa and has published several articles on the topic. His work has been featured in various local and international publications.

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